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PORTLAND -- Lawyers representing a survivor and the estates of three people killed in the tour bus crash last December on I-84 near Pendleton are suing the Oregon Department of Transportation.

A total of nine people were killed in the crash and 38 were injured.

As first reported by The Oregonian, the lawsuit claims the department was negligent for failing to warn drivers of unsafe conditions, not requiring commercial vehicles to taken another route, not adequately plowing and sanding snow, and failing to equip that stretch of the interstate with barriers strong enough to prevent a bus from leaving the roadway.

An ODOT spokesman said the agency will not comment on the case while the lawsuit is pending.

Background: Nine killed in Oregon charter bus crash

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